Wednesday 25 April 2018

Pro14 team news: Josh Murphy gets nod for Leinster, Rory Best is back for Ulster and Munster welcome back big names

Leinster's Josh Murphy (left) and Conor O'Brien. Photo: Sportsfile
Leinster's Josh Murphy (left) and Conor O'Brien. Photo: Sportsfile
Jack McGrath during Leinster training this week

Josh Murphy will start on the blindside for Leinster against Ulster Rugby in the PRO14 League at The RDS Arena on Saturday (KO: 5.35pm, Sky Sports Action & TG4).

It is very much a mix and match selection as Robbie Hensahw and Garry Ringrose are given more time in the centre.

In behind them, Jordan Larmour has been handed the responsibility of the full-back slot.

Jack McGrath, captain again, is joined in the front row by James Tracy and Tadhg Furlong, while, one row back, Devin Toner and Scott Fardy are the starting locks.

Rory Best has overcome the ankle problem that has kept him out of action since the start of December to captain the Ulster men.

Abbey Insurance Academy scrumhalf Johnny Stewart will make his first start for Les Kiss' men while Pete Browne returns following a lengthy absence.

Meanwhile, CJ Stander will captain Munster for their Pro14 test against Connacht (Saturday, KO 7.45pm) with Chris Farrell, Rhys Marshall and Conor Oliver all returning from injury to start.

Leinster: J Larmour; F McFadden, G Ringrose, R Henshaw, B Daly; R Byrne, J Gibson-Park; J McGrath (capt), J Tracy, T Furlong, D Toner, S Fardy, Josh Murphy, Jordi Murphy, J Conan.

Replacements: S Cronin, E Byrne, A Porter, M Kearney, M Deegan; N McCarthy, J Sexton, N Reid.

Ulster: (15-9): C Piutau; A Trimble, D Cave, S McCloskey, J Stockdale; C Lealiifano, J Stewart; (1-8): C Black, R Best (captain), R Ah You, P Browne, I Henderson, M Rea, S Reidy, J Deysel;

Replacements (16-23): R Herring, K McCall, W Herbst, A O'Connor, N Timoney, J Cooney, J McPhillips, T Bowe.

Munster: Simon Zebo; Andrew Conway, Chris Farrell, Rory Scannell, Keith Earls; Ian Keatley, Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Rhys Marshall, John Ryan; Jean Kleyn, Darren O’Shea; Jack O’Donoghue, Conor Oliver, CJ Stander (C).

Replacements: Mike Sherry, James Cronin, Stephen Archer, Robin Copeland, Peter O’Mahony, Duncan Williams, Bill Johnston, Darren Sweetnam.

Connacht: (15-9) Tiernan O’Halloran, Niyi Adeolokun, Eoin Griffin, Pita Ahki, Matt Healy, Jack Carty, Caolin Blade, (1-8) Peter McCabe, Tom McCartney, Conor Carey, Quinn Roux, James Cannon, Cillian Gallagher, Jarrad Butler, John Muldoon (Capt)

Replacements (16-23): Shane Delahunt, Conan O’Donnell, Finlay Bealham, Gavin Thornbury, Paul Boyle, James Mitchell, Craig Ronaldson, Darragh Leader.

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